December 19, 2014

HELP-S Application Deadline Extended to Jan. 23, 2015

HELP-S stands for the Honors Engaged Learning Program for Service and our inaugural class will begin next fall.  Students who participate will have an opportunity to earn six honors credits and live together in West Grace South (ASPiRE).  Students will take an honors section of CMST300 in fall 2015 and HONR398 in the spring 2016.  These courses will provide you with a solid foundation in community engagement through theories, case studies, skill development and hands-on experience in the community.

Although HELP-S does not lead to a certificate in community engagement, the program is collaboration between the Honors College and ASPiRE.  As a result, it does serve as excellent preparation for anyone interested in completing the ASPiRE program to earn a certificate in community engagement at a later date.

The application deadline is January 23, 2015 because of the housing component of the program. West Grace South is a 12 month residence hall, so you would be making a one year commitment to live there.  To access the brief application, visit

Additionally, a few information sessions will be held at the beginning of the semester and you can also contact Dr. Smith-Mason at

Are you looking for a part-time job?

Henrico County is hiring college readiness tutors to assist students at Wilder Middle School.

The pay is $23.21 hr and the work schedule is 8:00AM to 11:05AM, Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

How To Apply

Please, mail, fax or hand deliver three written references and college transcripts to:

Henrico County Public Schools

Department of Human Resources

P.O. Box 23120

3820 Nine Mile RD

Henrico, VA 23223-0420

Additionally, you must complete a Henrico County application.

If you have specific questions, contact Mr. Mike Hasley, District Director of AVID at 804-652-3752 or visit Henrico County’s web site.


December 18, 2014

Upperclassmen Honors Housing for 2015-16

Believe it or not, it is already time to start thinking about living on campus for the 2015-16 academic year.  We have limited spaces for continuing students in the Honors College residence hall, and there will be no same room selection process for theHonors College for the 15-16 year.  If you are interested in living in the HonorsCollege please read the process below:

1.  If you are interested in living in the Honors College residence hall for the 15-16 year, you will need to sign-up for the Honors College housing lottery.

2.  In order to sign-up for the lottery, you must complete the following honors housing application by Thursday, January 22nd:

3.  You will be contacted via your VCU email on Friday, January 23rd with your honors housing lottery number.

4.  Honors students may reserve a room on Monday, January 26th in the Honors College residence hall during the time indicated by their lottery number.  The Honors College will use the following schedule to reserve spaces in the HonorsCollege on January 26th:
Numbers 1-20, 10:30am-3:30pm

Numbers 21-40, 12:30-3:30pm
An on campus housing application through the Office of Residential Life and Housing must also be completed in order to complete the sign up process.  More details about this will be included in the email with your honors lottery number.
Also, please note that ALL assignments are final and cannot be cancelled. In addition, you will no longer be able to participate in the VCU general housing lottery.  You will not be able to switch your assignment in the Honors College to another location on campus.

5.  If your lottery number is higher than 40, you can be placed on a waiting list for the Honors College.  Students are strongly urged to apply for alternative on campus housing as rooms are not guaranteed to those on the waiting list.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please contact Mr. Wilson at

December 10, 2014

Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program, 2015

The Honors College is seeking summer research projects from faculty. The priority proposal deadline is January 9, 2015. For more information, visit FYI-Students, we hope to have project descriptions posted by the end of January with a March 8 deadline. For more information, contact Jacqueline Smith-Mason at

December 9, 2014

Phi Kappa Phi Travel Grants

Starting December 15, Phi Kappa Phi will be accepting applications for travel grants from students who will be studying abroad next year. Prospective applicants do not have to be members of Phi Kappa Phi to be eligible. The Session A deadline for students studying abroad in Summer or Fall 2015 is Sunday, February 15, 2015. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.75 and must have already been accepted into a study abroad program prior to submitting their application. To learn more or to submit an application, visit

2015 Global Education Undergraduate Research Fellowships

For the summer of 2015 the Global Education Office will fund three unique undergraduate fellowship awards for research projects, mentored by VCU faculty. Research proposals should show evidence of significant engagement with a culture originating from outside of the US that is different from the applicant’s native culture. Successful proposals should exhibit how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience to demonstrate successfully functioning across a variety of borders, such as national, linguistic, cultural, religious, and/or others. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor. For details and to apply visit: Email questions to Herb Hill at